Author Archives: Behavioral Health and Recovery Services

Simplifying the Representative Payee Process

As of July 1, 2019, San Mateo County Health transitioned their Representative Payee services to Life Inc.  Rep Payee services are provided to clients of BHRS and Aging & Adults Services who need assistance managing their Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This service helps ensure clients pay their bills on time and can take care of their essential living needs.

Before the transition, Aging & Adult Services staff processed and distributed the payments to clients. The change to Life Inc. removes the need to have service providers and other vendors involved in the payment process. The transition is expected to be complete by October.

You can read more about what other benefits clients will receive from Life Inc. in the BHRS Newsletter “Wellness Matters” here.

San Mateo County Anonymous Gun Buyback

San Mateo County’s Anonymous Gun Buyback program is taking place on December 14, 2019 from 9:30am–2:30pm at 1000 Skyway Road, San Carlos. Get cash for your unused or unwanted guns. No questions asked, ballistics will not be run, and you can remain completely anonymous. Receive up to $100 cash for a hand gun, shotgun, or rifle, and up to $200 cash for an assault rifle. Funds are limited and subject to availability.

Click on this flyer for more information.

Youth Center Receives New Certification

After a three-year process, Canyon Oaks Youth Center (COYC) Residential Treatment Facility completed the conversion from a Level 14 Youth Group Home to a Short Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP) and the program received their permanent STRTP License on June 1st.

The committed and experienced team of leaders and staff of COYC have pioneered therapeutic approaches to address the needs of youth who have experienced significant trauma to support their health and recovery and continue to do so. In addition, COYC has been accredited for a period of 3 years by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, International (CARF).  

Youth drawing with chalk on wall

By pursuing and achieving accreditation, COYC has demonstrated that it meets international standards for quality and is committed to pursuing excellence. This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. 

To  receive a three-Year Accreditation of this caliber, an organization has to put itself through a rigorous peer review process and demonstrate to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable, and accountable. 

Read the full article in the latest edition of the BHRS newsletter, “Wellness Matters“, here.

Need Support During the Holidays? Call/IM the Peer Run Warm Line

The California Peer-Run Warm Line is a non-emergency resource for anyone in the Bay Area seeking emotional support, providing assistance via phone and web chat on a nondiscriminatory basis to anyone in need.

Some concerns callers share are challenges with interpersonal relationships, anxiety, panic, depression, finance, and alcohol and drug use.

The California Peer-Run Warm Line is open for service this Thanksgiving weekend and throughout December, including Holidays!

Current hours: 7am-11pm, 7 Days a Week.
Call 1-855-845-7415.
For more info and to access online chat: California Peer-Run Warm Line

Watch for announcements as hours will be expanding to 24/7 sometime soon in 2020!



Open to the Public: Mental Health & Substance Abuse Recovery Commission Meetings

San Mateo County has an active Mental Health & Substance Abuse Recovery Commission (MHSARC). The commission reviews and evaluates the County’s mental health needs, services, facilities and special programs, agreements dealing with mental health; advises the Board of Supervisors and the Mental Health Director of any aspect of the local mental health program; reviews and approves procedures used to ensure citizen and professional involvement at all stages of the planning process; submits an annual report to the Board of Supervisors on the needs and performance of the County’s mental health system.

The monthly commission meeting is open to the public and community members interested in getting involved or providing input on mental health and/or substance use services are invited to attend.

When: First Wednesday of each month (no meeting in January & August 2020)
Time: 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Location: Health Services Building, 225 37th Ave, Room 100, San Mateo, CA

The next meeting will take place on December 4. Click to view the agenda.

Please call (650) 573-2544 to confirm time and locations as they may change or check the BHRS calendar.

Learn more about about the Commission

San Mateo County Court Gets Grant for DUI Program

San Mateo County Superior Court received a $300,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety for the third year in a row. This grant supports the Multiple Driving Under the Influence Court, which aims to help second and third time DUI offenders, and connects them to resources needed to address their substance abuse, while simultaneously connecting them with the recovery resources they need to address their substance abuse and achieve stability. 

Read the article here:
https://www.smdailyjournal.com/news/local/superior-court-gets-grant-for-dui-program/article_d99f2b18-0818-11ea-b99b-dfd226b87c27.html

New Community Collaborative to Address Shortage of Youth Mental Health Services in Palo Alto

A community collaborative of local nonprofits, healthcare providers (including Behavioral Health and Recovery Services), and schools are coming together to address a lack of mental health services for children and teens with mild to moderate mental health needs such as depression, anxiety, and environmental stressors such as homelessness and poverty.

Read the full article at: https://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/2019/11/18/theres-a-shortage-of-youth-mental-health-services-in-east-palo-alto-a-new-community-collaborative-hopes-to-change-that

Parents Are Key to Addressing Youth Cannabis Use

In partnership with other jurisdictions around the San Francisco Bay Area, San Mateo County commissioned a survey of parents and teens during December 2018-January 2019 to establish the baseline measures on the knowledge, perceptions and use of cannabis.

788 total parents and youth participated in that survey (502 parents and 286 teens and young adults). The AOD Prevention Program intends to use the findings to support an education campaign that will focus on the target groups with the messages needed to improve prevention efforts in San Mateo County.  

The survey revealed the importance of engaging parents in the effort to address their child’s use of cannabis – pointing to the significant influence that parent perceptions and behaviors have on youth perception and use. Also, the data shows that parents who have used cannabis are less concerned about potential harm or their teen using cannabis, which points to the need to ensure that parents understand the difference in the potency of current cannabis products in comparison to the cannabis they  may have used when they were young. 

Read more about this and other key findings highlighted in the survey in our latest edition of the “Wellness Matters” newsletter.

North County Clinic Opens its Doors

Youth in North County can now receive services at the new BHRS Youth Clinic. The clinic is officially open at:

350 90th Street 2nd Flr, Daly City, CA  94015
Ph: (650) 301-8650, Fax: (650) 877-5486. 

Adults 55+ Join us for “Appy Hour”

Attend a free training

Do you use technology?

“Appy Hours” are basic 101 training’s on using smart phones and tablets for downloading apps, navigating phones/tablets, going to the app stores, and downloading an app.

Bring your smart phone, tablet, or laptop or come without devices.

Click the links below for more info on each session.

San Mateo location

Monday, October 21, 12pm-1pm
Monday, November 18, 12pm-1pm

San Mateo County Pride Center
1021 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo
(Lunch provided)

East Palo Alto location

(flyer in English and Spanish)
Monday, October 21, 3pm-4pm
The Barbara A. Mouton Multicultural Wellness Center (upstairs)
903 Weeks St., East Palo Alto
(Light refreshments served)

RSVP before Oct. 18 and Nov. 15
Sign up with Arlene Aquino
(650) 403-4200 Ext. 4327
aaquino@peninsulafamilyservice.org


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